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State OKs plans for snowed-in pupils; students can learn at home on days when schools shut

By Cynthia Howell

This article was originally published November 25, 2017 at 4:30 a.m. Updated November 27, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

No longer will a January ice storm or an April flood automatically push the end of an Arkansas school year into the heat of June to compete with graduations, vacations, camps, baseball or even summer school.

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DoubleBlind says... November 25, 2017 at 2:19 p.m.

So this is both disturbing but also filled with opportunity. In the disturbing category, the primary concern seems to be how teachers get ‘credit’ rather than whether students actually learn. It’s also disturbing how so many students don’t have internet access at home. It begs the question how they even do homework, let alone how they stay current when not in the classroom. That’s also an opportunity for some smart people somewhere with WalMart money behind them to fix that problem. WalMart should also back a plan to create VILT (virtual instructor led training) which students should be able to download in class - while connected to internet - but still access while offline. These courses should have associated ‘knowledge checks’ which students can submit online or via snail mail.

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DoubleBlind says... November 25, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.

Luckily, climate change will likely reduce any significant need to protect lazy teachers and legislators from having to conjure ways for students to learn from home.

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